Opened in the Spring of 2014, Café Clock is the baby of Englishman Mike Richardson. It is the sister of Mike’s well-respected Café Clock in the Medina of Fez, and the Marrakech café has already gained a cult following here in the red city.
Expect reasonably priced food and drinks in relaxed surroundings. Our menu highlights are the unique Camel burger and the delicious Almond milkshake, which, with no exaggeration, is perhaps the best milkshake we have ever tried.
The café describes itself as a ‘cross-cultural zone’ and rightly so. The café’s walls are covered with an ever-changing exhibition of local modern art – talent that is not always given a platform in Marrakech – and most evenings there are performances from bands, traditional musicians or storytellers. Café Clock is truly one of the highlights of the fashionable Kasbah district, a definite must-visit for the adventurous traveller.
Café Clock is open every day of the week. Breakfast is served daily from 10h00, last orders for dinner by 22h00.
The road from Marrakech to Orika Valley’s Setti Fatma is long, straight and stunning. What starts as a long snowcapped penciled horizon above the steering wheel slowly begins to engulf the whole front and side windscreens as you approach the colossal High Atlas Mountains.
A small village that is not too far from your Marrakech riad and not too touristy Setti Fatma has beautiful cafes alongside bags of character, charm and relaxation plus is the door to 7 mesmerizing waterfalls. Aside from these joyous cascades, the routes up to the waterfalls are littered with small but wonderfully bohemian cafes, built intricately into the mountainous banks of the many streams coming down from the mountains. Intriguing looking artisans of varying craft are spaced randomly along the paths, many using very basic tools to make their trade.
During the summer, these cafes are a hive of local Marrakechi people escaping the medina for some pacifying tranquility whilst engulfed in these imposing yet very inviting mountains. Visiting these café’s is a blissful experience and a great way to spend a relaxing sunny afternoon alongside the wild monkeys and chilled ambient staff while the more energetic group members clamber the rocky paths up to the water source.
For an excursion from Riad Cinnamon, Riad Papillon, or Dar Habiba the Riad staff will be able to arrange a transport at very reasonable prices. (around 800 dirhams for two people to have exclusive use of an air-conditioned car with driver).
Hiring a guide for around 30 dirhams per hour to take you up to the waterfalls is a very good way to discover, in-depth, this fantasia. The shortest waterfall is reachable within an hour and a half, the longest is a whole day trip.
For a short day trip from marrakech, Sitti Fatima’s cafes make for a great visit from this grand historical city and a year round must see.
The newly refurbished Les Negociants is a landmark Cafe on the Avenue Mohammed V in the new town of Guiliez, Marrakech. A perfect spot for people watching, the Cafe is located on a broad boulevard with a Parisian feel.
Just around the corner is the famous Al Fassia (ladies from Fez) restaurant run by a womens cooperative. British visitors will be pleased to hear they are just a stones throw from the British Consulate.
Cafe France is a Marrakech institution, located at the north west corner of the Jemaa al Fnaa it has been a meeting place and watering hole for Europeans since the days of the French Protectorate in Morocco. It was redecorated at the end of 2009 and inconveniently for the new visitor the Cafe France sign was not repainted over the front. Despite this Cafe France can’t be classified as a well kept secret! This is an excellent place for people watching and provides a comfortable shady spot to while away summer afternoons.
The building is rumoured to have been sold recently with a scandalous suggestion that it may reopen as a McDonalds restaurant. Surely this would not be allowed in the historic Jemaa al Fnaa which is a UNESCO world heritage site?
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Some of the longest established fine dining restaurants in the Medina are located near to our Marrakech Riads in the heart of the Medina. We are delighted that there are also an increasing selection of Cafes in which to hang out and relax. Newly opened in the spring of 2010 Marrakech Korner is a pleasant and inexpensive daytime eatery located on the Bab Doukala street between Dar El Bashah and the Bab Doukala Mosque. There is a small dining room on the ground floor as well as a larger space upstairs accessed from the street and a shaded roof terrace.
A variety of teas, sodas and juices are on offer with food freshly made to order. We particularly like the home made soups and have found the staff to be unfailingly attentive and polite. A drink and light meal here will cost less than ten euros.
Marrakech Corner has been closed during July and August 2011, we hope it will reopen for the Autumn season
Just a few doors south of the well known Cafe Arabe at 180 Rue Mouassine is a pleasant and inexpensive cafe serving tea and simple foods at lunch time and throughout the afternoon. A group of Marrakech ‘water sellers’ live upstairs, you might catch a glimpse of them slipping out in their brightly coloured traditional costumes.